This OLMA junior was pleasantly surprised when she was named, "Player of the Week" by the Cape Atlantic League for her impressive performance as part of the OLMA Softball Team. This past week, Nicolette allowed just three earned runs in 24 innings pitched, striking out 18. She threw a complete game in a 4-2 win over Cedar Creek and threw a six-hit shutout against Burlington City.
"I feel famous!" said Nicolette when asked about her reaction to the news. "I had no idea that I would be chosen. It's an honor." Never one to rest on her laurels, Nicolette says she's pleased with her performance, but is determined to improve. "It was pretty scary stepping into Morgan Hagerty's shoes this season," she said. "It was a big move to the pitcher's mound after playing second base for many years." Nevertheless, Nicolette has stepped up and together with her team is having a great season. "We are really starting to gel as a team now," said Nicolette. "We're looking forward to playoffs."
Off the field, Nicolette is equally impressive. She is an excellent student and loves giving back to the community through her involvement in the OLMA Interact.Club. She says that junior year is her best yet. While Anatomy and Physiology is her favorite class, she isn't loving the pig dissection project. "I love the science behind it, but would rather stick to teeth," she said with a giggle and grimace. Nicolette hopes to attend Dental School.
In her free time, Nicolette works as a babysitter and at the East Vineland Little League Concession Stand. It seems that she never strays too far from the field. When asked about her plans for college, Nicolette says that she's looking at schools in Florida and North Carolina. She's not sure if she will compete as part of a college team, but plans to continue playing even if just part of a intramural team.
She has plenty of time to decide. In the meantime, Nicolette is looking forward to the Business of Sports Mini-Mester course that she will be taking in June. She and her family also have a summer trip to Italy planned.
In terms of advice for incoming freshmen, Nicolette says to have fun, but work hard and play a sport. Athletics is a big part of the spirit of the school and a lot of fun. It's also a great way to meet new friends. If softball is your game, you are sure to get a warm welcome from Nicolette.